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By Biggers Family Medicine
December 30, 2019
Tags: Healthcare  

Here in Brandon, FL, we provide preventive health care to women of all ages.

Women’s health is a complex issue, and it constantly changes as patients grow older. Fortunately, here in Brandon, FL, our primary care physicians, Drs. Joel & Elizabeth Biggers, provide women of all ages with the medical care they need, treating everything from reproductive problems to arthritis, depression, and migraines. From young teens to seniors, we offer comprehensive healthcare that women living in Brandon, FL, can trust time and time again.

Learn about the various treatment options that are offered for women of all ages.:

Hormone therapy

When we think of hormone therapy, we often think of women who are going through menopause or premenopause; however, the trust of the matter is, that women of all ages can deal with hormonal imbalances. Common symptoms of a hormonal imbalance include,

  • Vaginal dryness
  • Breast tenderness
  • Irregular periods
  • Chronic fatigue
  • Indigestion
  • Trouble concentrating

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, then it’s a good idea to call our Brandon, FL, office to schedule an evaluation. Based on your medical history and the symptoms that you are experiencing, we can run a simple blood test to check everything from hormone and blood sugar levels to thyroid functionality. Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) can help balance out low estrogen levels to reduce symptoms.

Mammogram

A mammogram is another important screening tool that takes x-rays of the breast to look for early signs of breast cancer. It's important to note here that you don’t have to be experiencing symptoms in order to undergo a mammogram. In fact, women between the ages of 45 to 54 should start getting annual mammograms while women between the ages of 40 to 44 should consider doing the same (this is particularly important for women who are at an increased risk for breast cancer). Women 55 years and older can continue to get annual screenings or come in every two years.

Gynecological Treatments and Preventative Healthcare

The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommends that young girls have their first gynecological visit between the ages of 13 and 15. This normally coincides with puberty, when they have their first menstrual periods. The first pap smear (a preventative test to check the cells on their cervix) will usually happen around age 21 or when the patient becomes sexually active. Another important preventative gynecological treatment for parents to consider is immunization for HPV, a sexually transmitted disease that could put some women at risk for cervical cancer.

Call us at our new office

Women of all ages can benefit from establishing a relationship with a primary care physician who also takes care of a wide range of women’s health needs. You’ll find that at Biggers Family Medicine, P.A. in Brandon, FL. To schedule an appointment, call our office at (813) 655-4646.


By Biggers Family Medicine
December 26, 2019

"A primary care physician is a specialist in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine or Pediatrics who provides definitive care to the undifferentiated patient at the point of first contact, and takes continuing responsibility for providing the patient's comprehensive care," says the American Academy of Family Physicians. Here at Biggers Family Medicine, in Brandon, FL, our primary care physicians, Drs. Joel and Elizabeth Biggers, provide a number of services to boost the health of their patients—read on to learn more.

Here is a few service your primary care physician can provide:

  • Treating Acute Diseases: Acute diseases, like influenza virus and the common cold, come on suddenly and go away in a day or two. When symptoms affect babies, children, and those with weak immune systems, you need to consult your doctor. Symptoms of acute diseases include nasal congestion, runny nose, cough, chills, fever, body aches, sore throat, malaise, and nausea.
  • Treating Chronic Diseases: Chronic diseases last a minimum of three months and can't be prevented by vaccinations. Chronic diseases appear as we age but younger people can get sick as well. Examples of chronic diseases include arthritis, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, epilepsy/seizures, obesity, and oral health problems.
  • Preventative Care: Preventive family medicine maintains a person's health and protects against disease, disability or death. The only way to do this is when patients come in for routine visits. This includes going to your Brandon primary care physician for your child's wellness visits, stay updated on immunizations, routine blood work, blood pressure check, annual pap smears and advice on preventive lifestyle changes.
  • Women's Health Care: This type of service focuses on women's needs, like reproductive and sexual health. Women have a higher risk of contracting/developing chronic health issues, like migraines, arthritis, or depression. Women's health care consists of family medical services and screenings, like mammography, hormone therapy, pregnancy and childbirth, reproductive disorders (e.g. polycystic ovarian syndrome), osteoporosis, heart disease, bladder health, gynecological checkups, and immunizations.

If you would like to learn more about what Biggers Family Medicine can offer, be sure to call our office in Brandon, FL, today by dialing (813) 655-4646.


By Biggers Family Medicine
December 20, 2019
Category: Family Medicine

It's vitally important to keep your household as healthy as possible, and we here at Biggers Family Medicine aim to do just that. They provide their patients with dedicated primary care physicians who tailor their medical care in accordance to patients' medical needs. One of the many advantages of family medicine is that doctors treat a variety of conditions, people of all ages and all genders.

Biggers Family Medicine provides the following services:

So, how does one become a family physician?

Family physicians need specialized training for the wide spectrum of people that they provide with medical care. They need to be well-equipped in providing custom-care as well and to do that, you need training and a larger base of knowledge.

Family medicine enables your physicians to do the following:

  • Look through your family history and determine the best ways to reduce your risk of developing certain diseases.
  • Help you stay on top of your immunizations, especially if you're a new parent.
  • Provide patients with different forms of screening tests and medical counseling to diagnose acute and chronic health diseases, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, and heart disease.
  • Offer patients reliable, trustworthy and invaluable medical education and care.

Need medical care? Give us a call

It doesn't matter if you need a yearly physical, need to test for allergies, or need a consultation regarding a specific problem. The physicians at Bigger Family Medicine are here to serve you and make sure that everyone in your family stays healthy. If you are interested in knowing more about family medicine and finding a family physician, don't hesitate to call Biggers Family Medicine in Brandon, FL, today by dialing (813) 655-4646.